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District Court Expands Environmental Protections in the U.S.-Mexico Border Regarding Water Contamination in the Tijuana River Valley

The Honorable Jeffrey T. Miller, U.S. District Judge in San Diego, denied in part the United States International Boundary and Water Commission’s (IBWC) motion to…

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Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenge to Oregon Senate Bill Which Banned Motorized Mining in Salmonid Habitat Areas, Finding No Federal Preemption

In Bohmker v. Oregon,the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held, in a divided opinion, that Oregon Senate Bill 3, which banned motorized…

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Idaho Department of Water Resources Issues FEMA-Related Administrator’s Memorandum to Maintain Idaho National Flood Insurance Program Coverage

On August 13, 2018, the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) issued Administrator’s Memorandum—Floodplain Management Memorandum No. 1 in response to FEMA threats of disqualifying…

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The Multitude of Oversight for California’s Oroville Dam—Will this Become a Model for Dams throughout the State and in the West?

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is overseeing repairs to the Oroville Dam in coordination with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the…

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California Governor Brown Signs Bill Authorizing Regional Water Boards to Order the Provision of Sewer Service to Disadvantaged Communities

California Governor Jerry Brown Jr. recently approved Senate Bill 1215 (SB 1215), to add Chapter 4.3 (commencing with § 13288) to Division 7 of the…

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New Proposed Rule and Pending Supreme Court Case Have Potential to Limit Designation of Unoccupied Areas as Critical Habitat under Federal Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and, together with FWS, the Services) have proposed revisions to one…

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California Court of Appeal Invalidates County’s CEQA Guidance For Greenhouse Gas Impacts

Affirming a trial court judgment, the Fourth District Court of Appeal invalidated a document adopted by the County of San Diego that was intended as…

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IPCC Issues Special Report Cautioning Against the Impact of Global Warming Above 1.5 Degrees Celsius

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a panel of scientists convened by the United Nations, issued a special report on the impact of global…

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Ninth Circuit Finds EPA Properly Approved Montana’s 2015 State Implementation Plan

The Ninth Circuit denied the Montana Environmental Information Center’s (MEIC) petition for review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA or agency) approval of a…

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U.S. Senate Bill Seeks to Mandate Public Companies’ Climate Risk Disclosures

In the past few years, a lawsuit was filed by Exxon Mobil Corporation (Exxon) shareholders alleging that Exxon failed to properly disclose climate-related risks to…

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